A lot of the fun related to learning a new language is in learning about a new culture. Breaking the language barrier and being able to experience a new culture firsthand is truly a unique experience that should not be missed by anyone. It is fascinating to see how life works in other parts of the world, and it really helps to ground an individual and opens their eyes to global society as a whole. A cultured individual is often an intelligent and open-minded individual, but this change did not happen overnight. In order to learn about new cultures, you must immerse yourself in those cultures. Not everyone has the opportunity or the finances to travel the world, but luckily there are plenty of language events throughout the world which can be attended in order to learn about new cultures.
Foreign language events are usually attended by a multitude of people who are experts on the language in question. They are usually native speakers, which means that they come from other countries and other cultures. Language events are a great place to meet new people and learn a little bit about them. If you are looking for a job focused on a foreign language, then a language event could be a great place to network. Many countries around the globe host all kinds of language events, so it should be relatively simple to find one in your area. It is best to with a group of peers in order to introduce them to foreign cultures as well.
In addition to talking to people at these events, there are usually a variety of other ways that you can learn about different cultures while there. For instance, a Chinese language event at your local library will probably feature Chinese food and will usually have people selling unique merchandise from their country. You may be able to browse through a selection of traditional Chinese clothes or learn about classic Chinese art. There may be a handwriting instructor available who can teach you about the intricacies of writing Chinese characters. Language experts from the academic field usually attend these events, and they can help you break the language barrier and perhaps learn a bit about the history of the Chinese language.
Chinese is just the beginning, though. You can attend Spanish events, German events, and events centered around many other languages and cultures. Attending these events is a great way to open your mind and learn a little about different societies from around the globe. They are typically free or at least inexpensive making them a great way to either gain or improve knowledge of a foreign language or culture at a very low-cost. You can meet lifelong friends at language events, and then you get practical knowledge on language and culture every day. The first step in this process is to look up any upcoming language events near you, and then all you have to do is show up and be ready to learn!